As from 18 September, Vodafone becomes the first Portuguese operator to offer the MMS (Multimedia Messaging) service in roaming mode. Its customers will therefore be able to send photographs they have just taken during their foreign holidays to other mobile phones and e-mail boxes, via the MMS service.
Currently, the service is available while roaming in the following countries: France (SFR), Germany (Vodafone – D2), Greece (Vodafone – Panafon), Ireland (Vodafone – Eircell), Italy (Vodafone – Omnitel), Spain (Vodafone – Airtel), Sweden (Vodafone – Europolitan), Switzerland (Swisscom) and the United Kingdom (Vodafone UK).
Vodafone was the first operator to introduce the MMS service in Portugal, on 8 May 2002. This messaging service represents a huge advance on the present SMS (Short Message Service), combining as it does text, pictures, colour and sound.
The Vodafone MMS service will remain free until 31 October 2002. Until then, the only charge will be for the GPRS traffic (KB) sent/received while roaming, in accordance with current rates.